Grand Rapids Christian School — Administration
Sara Buchholz, Executive Assistant to the Superintendent
Where did you begin your career in education?
I began working as a school secretary at Seymour Christian in June 1988 and then transitioned to the Admin Office in June 1997.
How many years have you been working at Grand Rapids Christian Schools?
What schools/buildings have worked at either before coming to GRCS or while at GRCS?
I worked at Seymour Christian for nine years and then the administrative office for 23 years.
Do you have a favorite year that you worked or a favorite memory? What made this stand out in your mind?
My early years at Seymour were so much fun. The staff was wonderful, and I loved being around young children. My own children were in the building when I began, and that was extra special. When I turned 40, every child in the school brought me a balloon with a little note inside and filled my office so full I could barely walk through to get to my desk, there were hundreds of balloons. Talk about feeling loved!
Tell about a moment in your career that you will never forget, possibly at an event or with a student or co-worker.
There are so many events when you work at the administrative offices and so many changes over the past 23 years some tough but so many wonderful things too, like: Bringing together the middle schools; watching God move through events that led to the creation of Rockford Christian; the closing of some elementary buildings to pave the way for Grand Rapids Christian Elementary, Iroquois and Evergreen campuses; the renovation of the new middle school, and so many changes to the high school; watching the DeVos Center for Arts and Worship go up, and the dedication when we watched the high school students perform Les Miserables as the first production; then the construction of the Quest Center and the Galas that were held there; the new administrative offices both at Iroquois and now at 2400 Plymouth. I feel so blessed to have been a part of all these experiences and so many more!
Tell about your most significant learning experience either from a colleague, student, parent, or Professional Development Day.
The constant progress of knowledge around computers. My first typewriter at Seymour was a Xerox Memory Writer with 5" floppy disks!! We've come a long way, and you can't get off the learning train. My guess is, at some point, I'll be looking to my grandkids to help me with my computer. Thanks, Sheila and Steve and Ryan for all your help!
What are you looking forward to, or what is your next adventure?
I'm still working on that. Once we're able to fly again, my husband, Don, and I will do our best to go to Germany to see our son Chris and his family. I'm sure we'll do more traveling, maybe take up camping again. Trusting in the Lord, you never know what lies ahead, but whatever it is, I hope to enter into it with my whole heart.
Any other advice, memories, or stories you would like to share?
Be kind, open your heart to all God's children, and take care of the earth; it is a gift we are called to treasure.
Thank you to Tom and the entire administrative office staff over the past 23 years. I will miss all of you.